Associated Press reports:
A coalition of groups has launched an ad campaign against House Speaker Beth Harwell and other lawmakers over a controversial bill that would allow counselors to refuse to treat patients on the basis of “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin, who sponsored the bill, has said that the legislation is an effort to overturn a 2014 change in the American Counseling Association’s code of ethics.
Read more on AP.org.
Okay, would you even want to be counseled by someone who is so bigoted that they don’t want to counsel/help you? Of course, they’re viewing HB 1840 as protecting the counselor’s rights not to be discriminated against and claim that the counselor would be obliged to refer the patient to someone else.
See the American Counseling Association’s statement, here.
I wonder if those who support the bill might also claim that failure to pass the law would result in compelled speech by counselors.